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Andorra La Vella

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Introduction

Andorra city after the first 2006 snowfall

Andorra city after the first 2006 snowfall

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Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra and is known as a popular ski resort, located as it is at an altitude of 1400 metres. It's a small town of only 22,000, 66% of whom are not Andorran.

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Sights and Activities

  • Casa de la Vall was originally built as a home in 1580 and was subsequently bought by the General Council in 1702 and is presently the seat of the Andorran Parliament and judiciary. Situated in the heart of Andorra La Vella, its architecture combines both civil and military elements. There is a cupboard inside the building with seven keys which once held the important national documents. This cupboard could only be opened by the simultaneous presence of councillers of each of the seven constituencies of Andorra. There is also a courtroom which is the only one in the entire country.
  • Santa Coloma Church is one of the oldest church of Andorra. Originally built in a pre-Romanesque style, it has undergone various alternations over the centuries, the prominent ones being the addition of circular bell tower in 12th century and a portico in 17th century. The church has many interesting features including the 12th century wooden icon of Lady of Mercy.
  • Barri Antic(Old Town) is the original heart of Andorra La Vella when it was little more than a village. The large public square atop the administrative building is an ideal place to relax and unwind and admire the surroundings.

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Weather

As Andorra La Vella is located above 1000 meters, it has a relatively mild climate, at least in summer, compared to other areas in southern France or northern Spain, outside the Pyrenees Moutains. Temperatures during the summermonths of May to September are between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, sometimes hitting over 30 degrees. Nights are relatively cool, around 12 degrees Celsius. Winters are not that cold, mostly around zero degrees Celsius, but sometimes significantly higher or lower, up to plus or minus 15. It is a good base for skiiing during the wintermonths. Rainfall is possible during every month, but tends to be somewhat lower during the summer high season compared to spring and autumn.

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Getting There

By Plane

There are no airports in Andorra la Vella. The nearest airports are in Perpignan, France; Barcelona, Spain and Toulouse, France, mostly about 3 hours away from the capital.

By Train

SNCF serves Andorra la Vella but not directly as there are no trainlines in the country. Hop on the line Toulouse - Tor de Carol instead and the name of station is Andorra-l’Ospitalet 13km of Pas de la Casa. There are a regular bus services from Andorra-l’Ospitalet to Andorra la Vella.

By Car

Good roads lead to Andorra la Vella from both Spain and France. If you can, wait until you reach Andorra to fuel up as it is about a quarter cheaper compared to the neighbouring countries Spain and France.

By Bus

Andorra la Vella is connected by daily coach services to and from Barcelona and Toulouse.

Cooperativa Interurbana runs eight bus lines from Andorra la Vella to most of the towns. Frequencies are generally 2 to 3 times an hour to places closeby, but sometimes only several times a day to places further away like El Serrat, Arinsal and El Pas del la Casa. It costs €1 to €4 depending on the length of the trip.

Lines are:
L1 Sant Julia de Loria - Escaldes-Engordany
L2 Andorra la Vella - Encamp
L3 Andorra la Vella - Encamp - Canillo
L4 Andorra la Vella - Encamp - Canillo - Soldeu
L5 Andorra la Vella - Encamp - Encamp - Canillo - El Pas de la Casa
L6 Andorra la Vella - La Massana - Arinsal
L7 Andorra la Vella - La Massana - Ordino
L8 Andorra la Vella - La Massana - Ordino - El Serrat

During the ski season, there is a free shuttle bus Canillo and Bordes d'Envalira, serving the Grandvalira slopes.

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Getting Around

By Foot

You can easily negotiate Andorra la Vella on foot.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePhonePopularity
AWA Nuria Hotel AndorraC/ Santa Anna nº 11 Escaldes-EngordanyHotel80
Aparthotel FontverdC/ Ciutat de Consuegra, 2Apartments(+376) 803 525-
Càmping ValiraAv. de SalouCamping(+376) 722 384-
Hostal Racó d'en JoanC/ de la Vall, 20Hostel(+376) 820 811-
Hotel Andorra CenterC/ Dr. Nequi, 12Hotel(+376) 824 800-
Hotel Andorra PalaceAv. Meritxell, 58Hotel(+376) 873 601-
Hotel Andorra Park HotelC/ les Canals, 24Hotel(+376) 877 777-
Hotel ArtC/ Prat de la Creu, 15Hotel(+376) 760 303-
Hotel ÀrticC/ de Tobira, 11Hotel(+376) 877 600-
Hotel BellpíAv. Santa Coloma, 30Hotel(+376) 804 935-
Hotel Carlton PlazaAv. Meritxell, 23Hotel(+376) 872 999-
Hotel CassanyAv. Meritxell, 28Hotel(+376) 820 636-
Hotel Celler d'en ToniC/ Verge del Pilar, 4Hotel(+376) 821 252-
Hotel CèrvolAv. Santa Coloma, 46Hotel(+376) 803 111-
Hotel Crowne PlazaC/ Prat de la Creu, 88Hotel(+376) 874 444-
Hotel de l'IsardAv. Meritxell, 34Hotel(+376) 876 800-
Hotel DiplomàticAv. de Tarragona, s/nHotel(+376) 802 780-
Hotel els CimsC/ Pau Casals, 11Hotel(+376) 804 350-
Hotel Acta FloridaCarrer de la Llacuna 15Hotel-
Hotel Font del MargeBaixada del Molí, 49Hotel(+376) 823 443-
Hotel HesperiaAv. Dr. Mitjavila, 1Hotel(+376) 880 880-
Hotel Husa CèntricAv. Meritxell, 87Hotel(+376) 877 500-
Hotel Jaume IC/ Roureda de Sansa, 2Hotel(+376) 820 061-
Hotel La PedreraAv. Dr. Mitjavila, 6Hotel(+376) 808 014-
Hotel Les FontsC/ de l'Aigüeta, 6Hotel(+376) 821 393-
Hotel MàgicAv. Dr. Mitjavila, 9Hotel(+376) 876 900-
Hotel MercureC/ de la Roda, 1Hotel(+376) 873 602-
Hotel NovotelC/ Prat de la Creu, 11Hotel(+376) 873 603-
Hotel PitiusaC/ d'Emprivat, 11Hotel(+376) 861 816-
Hotel PlazaC/ Maria Pla, 19Hotel(+376) 879 444-
Hotel PresidentAv. Santa Coloma, 42Hotel(+376) 877 277-
Hotel PyrénéesAv. Príncep Benlloch, 20Hotel(+376) 879 879-
Hotel Sant JordiAv. Príncep Benlloch, 45Hotel(+376) 876 200-
Hotel TívoliC/ Sant Salvador, 3Hotel(+376) 804 265-
Hotel ValmarAv. Meritxell, 97Hotel(+376) 821 667-
Hotel VienaC/ de la Vall, 32Hotel(+376) 829 233-
Pensió AlbertAv. Dr. Mitjavila, 16Guesthouse(+376) 820 156-
Pensió GarciaAv. Príncep Benlloch, 51Guesthouse(+376) 820 968-
Pensió La RosaAntic Carrer Major, 18Guesthouse(+376) 821 810-
Pensió NormandiaAv. Príncep Benlloch, 49Guesthouse(+376) 820 125-
Residència IndaloAv. Dr. Mitjavila, 27Hotel(+376) 821 871-
Residència Jaume IAv. Santa Coloma, 24Hotel(+376) 820 061-
Residència ParísAv. Meritxell, 65Hotel(+376) 820 843-
Residencia AstoriaAvenida de Les Escoles 16 4th & 5th FloorHostel72
Hotel CervolAv. Santa Coloma, 46HOTEL-
AWA Festa Bravac/La Llacuna, Num.7 Andorra La Vella, Principat D'AndorraHOTEL85
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References

  1. 1 Sourced Jul 2009: Andorra Tourism

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 42.507502
  • Longitude: 1.521803

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